Major Actions Taken to Date
The Secretary of Agriculture utilized his statutory authority to interchange up to 7 percent of WIC Contingency ($28 million) and transferred to CAP/The Emergency Feeding Assistance Program.
NEPA for Poa/Sud Islands
ááPoa Island - habitat restoration
ááSud Island - habitat restoration
ááKanaga Island - habitat resoration
USDA awarded a $2,524,626.82 million design contract for the next phase of modernization to Shalom Baranes Associates, P.C./Syska & Hennessy Joint Venture on March 31, 2010. (AG-3142-D-10-0264)
The contract (AG-3142-C-09-0028) value to date totals- $16,875,720.00. USDA awarded a $16.575 million construction contract to Grunley Construction Company, Incorporated of Rockville, Maryland on September 21, 2009. The project is about 50% complete. To date, total outlays are $8,322,030.00 for construction activities. USDA is in the process of evaluating the five bids received on July 7, 2010 for replacement of a 350 ton Chiller. Award is expected for late August, 2010. USDA is in the process of evaluating the one bid received on July 15, 2010, for the roof replacement for the East and West arches. Award is expected for late August, 2010. USDA received eight bids on July 22 to waterproof Courts 2/3 and the Cafeteria Patio Roof. Award is expected by September 30, 2010.
The contract (AG-3142-C-10-0061) was awarded to Meltech Corporation to provide Court 2 and 3 Waterproofing and Cafeteria Terrace Re-roofing to USDA Headquarters
ITS, 09IAFAD75, Maintenance Support, 6/2/2009, $232,509
ITS, 09IAFAD76, Software Purchase, 6/2/2009, $542,509
ITS, 10IAFAD18, Software Purchase, 10/21/2009, $35,402
ITS, 10IAFAD19, Operations and Maintenance Support, 10/26/2009 updated 9/14/10, $5,431,263
ITS provided contract procurement services on behalf of FSA IT S&E
FY 2009 Expenses - Fully Expensed in November 2009 --2 contracts
(Carasoft Technology & Merlin International, Inc.)
FY 2010 Expenses --Fully Expensed $103,595 for 2-Contracts
(Immix Technology and FCN, Inc); Remaining Ouststanding balances to be billed Monthly for 4 contracts (Unisys Corp, Carasoft Technology & 2-Natek, Inc.)
Continuing with the execution of the ARRA Program. To date, 286 contract actions have been processed for a cumulative total of $171,235,197.
The ARS Obesity and Metabolism Research Lab in Davis, CA, has received a Grant from the NIH, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in support of the Identification of Muscle Specific Biomarkers of Fatty Acid beta-oxidation; $294,293.
Approved Projects û The Forest Service continued implementing the projects approved by Secretary Vilsack under the Recovery Act. These projects total $1.15 billion for wildland fire management, construction and maintenance of facilities, roads and trails, and abandoned mine mitigation. The Agency obligated $1,148 billion (99.8 percent of allocated funds) through September 30, 2010. Expenditures total $1,071 million through November 2, and the Forest Service has completed 605 of its 705 approved projects.
Forest Service Confirms Recipient Reporting 2012 Second Quarter Job Numbers ûThe Forest Service confirmed just under 1,120 jobs were reported through the calendar year 2012 second quarter Recovery Act recipient reporting period that ended July 14. A project to reduce wildfire threat in central and southwest Oregon on the Deschutes, Ochoco, Rogue River-Siskiyou, and Umpqua national forests produced just over 70 jobs, the most reported for the quarter. The second highest job number reported was nearly 70 for an administrative facilities repair and replacement project at six locations throughout California.
Capital Improvement and Maintenance
ò Recovery Act Capital Improvement and Maintenance (CIM) allocations to date are $650 million of which $629 million has been expended through November 2.
ò The Forest Service monitors program accomplishments achieved through Recovery Act funding using measures such as ômiles of trail maintained to standard.ö Over 9,100 miles of trail and 14,850 miles of roads have been maintained through September 24.
ò The Forest Service continues to implement more than $341 million of funding announced for Capital Improvement and Maintenance û trails and facilities.
ò The Agency continues to implement 120 Recovery Act roads maintenance and associated watershed and ecosystem restoration projects on Forest Service lands in 31 states totaling over $272 million.
ò The National Forests in California Storm Proofing Storm Proofing project took place on Perazzo Meadows, which is on the east side of the Tahoe National Forest. The forest went under this restoration project after 100 years of deterioration due to historic dairy operations and development of canals and railroad grades. Dairy operations diverted the stream from its original channel initiating a chain of events leading to the meadow deterioration. This project is a partnership between the Forest Service, the Truckee River Watershed Council (TRWC), the Truckee Donner Land Trust, and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. In the past the stream channel through the meadow had been down-cutting and widening, thus lowering the water table (as evidenced by the presence of sagebrush). This in turn lead to warm water temperatures, a decrease in trout populations, and high run-off which down-cut the streambed. The project reduced the energy of the water, slowing it down so that it flooded the banks of the channel and spread over the entire meadow, raising the water table. This project implemented the building of plugs (or mini earthen barriers). These plugs are built in the existing stream channel by tractors and backhoes. During the winter, these plugs cause the stream to flood the meadow, raise the water table, make the water more accessible to the vegetation, and keep it longer in the meadow. Timing is important in this process not the amount of water. When the meadow holds onto the water longer and releases it slowly, the meadow recovers. It will take a couple of years before we see meadow vegetation to recover. This plug and pond system raised the water table a couple of feet and enhanced the health of the meadow and the habitat for various species of wildlife.
ò The work done on this project improved public safety by making critical road repairs and reduced the risk of catastrophic road failure during future storm events. This project involved the maintenance and the reconstruction of Forest Service roads throughout California. Many of these roads were unpaved, and storm events caused erosion or even road failure. This project improved water drainage on the road surface by removing brush out of ditches and replacing undersized road culverts. Small culverts under the roads were replaced with larger sized culverts so storm drainage will safely pass from one side to the other without damaging the road or the surrounding environment. These larger culverts also help fish and aquatic wildlife, such as toads and frogs, pass through the culvert. This project also improved downstream water quality through reduction of erosion and sedimentation. This benefit continues to protect threatened, endangered, and sensitive species habitat.
Wildland Fire Management
ò Recovery Act Wildland Fire Management (WFM) allocations to date are $500 million of which $442 million has been expended through November 2.
ò FS monitors program accomplishments achieved through Recovery Act funding using measures such as "the number of acres treated to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire." As a result of the Recovery Act, over 510,670 acres have been treated to reduce wildfire risk and 847 fuels reduction projects have been funded on nonfederal lands through September 24.
ò The Forest Service continues to implement projects supported by $306.5 million of Recovery Act funds to reduce hazardous fuels.
ò The Forest Service continues to support wood-to-energy grants and woody Biomass utilization projects totaling over $58 million in Recovery Act funds.
ò The Region-wide Reduction of Hazardous Fuels for Woody Biomass project was implemented through a Cooperative Agreement between the Plumas National Forest and the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment. The Sierra Institute is a local organization based in Taylorsville, California. The Institute has a track record of developing partnerships while integrating natural resource management with socio-economics and sustaining rural communities. The project provided jobs in Plumas County, where unemployment is above the state and national averages. There is a very high risk of catastrophic wildfire when there is a buildup of small-diameter fuels. The project created local jobs, maintaining and enhancing local biomass infrastructure for the future, reducing fuels, and enhancing forest health and fire resiliency. This project helped the Forest Service and local communities identify feasible next steps to improve the economics of biomass removal on National Forest lands and sustain and improve local infrastructure
FNS - SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits are issued to participants in every state on an ongoing basis, and this issuance is reflected in the increased obligations and outlays.
Obligations for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations are being made to Indian Tribal organizations (ITOs) and state agencies. These obligations are for budget amendments to their current agreements to reflect the use of ARRA funds for the purchase of equipment or for facilities upgrades.
Loan level obligations: Water and Environmental Loans/Grants: $3,091,685,661
á/ Business and Industries Loans - Guaranteed: $1,478,416,084
á/ Rural Business Enterprise Grants: $18,536,713
á/ Community Facilities Direct Loans/Grants: $1,269,131,656
á/ SFH - Direct: $1,378,999,228
á/ SFH - Guaranteed: $10,042,193,746
á/ Broadband Direct Loans/Grants: $3,254,924,286
Loan level obligation: Water and Environmental Circuit Rider Contract Modifications: $14,280,000
USDA has provided addition information regarding timing of construction activities related to water and waste disposal loans and grants awarded Recovery Act Funds. áTo access this information go to the following web location:
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Major Planned Actions
- NEPA for Poa/Sud Islands
áá- Poa Island - habitat restoration
áá- Kanaga Island - habitat resotration
áá- Sud Island - habitat restoration
Phase 4 b design is expected to be completed û December 2010.
ADD work associated with RFI 127 - Addition of Furniture Feeders as previously indicated in RFI response on I-Manage system and SKE 05-09 ADD work associated with RFI 128 - 3rd Floor Coordination as previously indicated in RFI response on I-Manage system;ADD work associated with RFI 130 - 2nd Floor Coordination as previously indicated in RFI response on I-Manage system;ADD work associated with RFI 72 - EAC Unit Condensate Piping & Drains as previously indicated in RFI response on I-Manage system;ADD work associated with providing the electrical rough-in for future hand dryers installed by USDA will include new homeruns pulled from nearby panelbox's and modifying existing marble and masonry walls in order to provide a wall box with cover plate. á
Continue with the administration of ongoing construction contracts.
Capital Improvement and Maintenance
ò Continued posting of major Recovery Act communications
ò Continued implementation of approved projects
ò The National Forests in California Storm Proofing/Reconstruction Roads project was designed to protect anadromous fish habitat and improve public access to National Forest System land. The project involved resurfacing several miles miles of road, repair and replacement of bridges and maintenance of hundreds of miles of roads. Public access to recreational destinations are safer and more enjoyable to forest visitors. Water run-off into streams and rivers were improved and erosion was reduced. Better water quality is advantageous to listed salmon species native to the streams in the area. This project focused on removing brush along 1800 miles of National Forest System Roads (NFSRs.) On completion, this maintenance improved the safety and public access of forest roads. The brushing was accomplished through the use of masticating equipment that chips the material along the road way leaving root systems intact, thus maintaining the stability of the slopes while removing the brush, small trees, and limbs. Several hundred miles of roads were brushed during the 2010 field season. Crews continue the process during the 2011 field season. This project was one of eight road maintenance and reconstruction projects on the Boise National Forest. Removing overhanging brush along forest roads improves safety for drivers by increasing both sight distance around corners and road width currently narrowed by the brush. Recovery Act Funds improved accessibility at the Shoreline Campground Facility and made a newly paved road. The Cascade Ranger District on the Boise National Forest in Idaho has its first paved campground thanks to the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Recovery Act funds were used to pave the existing gravel roads, pathways, and parking lot at Shoreline Campground. These upgrades have improved accessibility to those with disabilities. Paving the parking lot, roads, and walking paths made Shoreline Campground safer and more enjoyable for forest visitors.
Wildland Fire Management
ò Continued posting of major Recovery Act communications
ò Continued implementation of approved projects.
ò The Region-wide Reduction of Hazardous Fuels for Woody Biomass project involved a 287-acre thinning project on the Boise National Forest. The project included commercial and pre-commercial thinning along with associated slash treatments. The trees are "whole tree" yarded to a landing, which enhances biomass utilization and slash removal. Once the wood material, or biomass, is removed from the site, the contractor uses it for dimensional lumber, house logs, decorative landscaping bark, woodstove pellets, firewood, and even livestock bedding. Prescribed fire treatments will helped dispose of the remaining slash. Treasure Valley Forest Products expanded a pellet plant operation in a nearby Mountain Home in Idaho. The owner, hired local workers for short-term projects, such as paving the plant parking area and working at a biomass processing facility. The Recovery Act funds expanded a pellet plant operation in nearby Mountain Home, Idaho, created new jobs by adding a pellet mill second shift, and purchased additional logging equipment to hire more workers. A healthy forest ecosystem was created by removing trees and brush that were overgrown.
ò The Mores South Helicopter Stewardship Project provided multiple benefits to the community of Idaho City, Idaho and the Boise National Forest. The project goal was to reduce hazardous fuels on national forest lands northeast of Idaho City and adjacent to private lands and residences along the State Highway 21 corridor. Treatment methods used in the implementation of this project included commercial thinning, reduced slash and helicopter yarding and decking. The project stimulated the local economy and was beneficial to the whole community.
Note: While the Recovery Act project stories remain current, the financial information shown in this report is only accurate as of October 31, 2012. This financial information will not be updated until accurate data is extracted from FMMI.
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